i like dodd as an individual. i like his story that, out of the blue, he became the ambassador to nazi germany when, really, there was no good reason for him to be an ambassador. he had no diplomatic training, nothing. so i really liked that. i was not so enamored of him at that point that i wanted to hang an entire book on him. it was when i stumbled upon his daughter's memoir, probably soon after that, that i realized that these might be my characters. these might be the people want to follow into nazi germany. they both had such different orientations at first, but the undergo what i see as very compelling personal transformations. as you know, in fiction, you cannot write a good novel without having a character be transformed in one way or another. in nonfiction, you have to go with what you have.